Have you attended a parent night event at your school? Piano Man’s school held one a couple of weeks ago, and his teacher sent a wish list of additional school supplies for the class. I recognized all the usual suspects: pencils, card stock paper, tissues, Lysol wipes, books for the class, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary, until I noticed this:
I thought it was a typo.
Prof attended the meeting, and he inquired about it too. Piano Man’s teacher, Ms. M, mentioned that she had heard that Crayola made and sold multicultural colored crayons/markers. They might even be at Target.
A few days ago I had to make a Target run, so I decided to check it out.
Where was the first place I hit up? The school supply section. You know, in the back right corner of the store, where Target sells their big seasonal items? (It’s furthest location in the store, so that you are sure to pick up some fun quirky but totally unnecessary item while shopping.)
After some hunting, I found nothing.
I asked a sales associate, and she mentioned that they might be available by the office supply section on the other side of the store, behind the party supplies. (Boy, do I know my way around Target.) One look at the end cap, and she was right.
Voila! Crayola supplies!
Sure enough, Crayola made markers in multicultural colors. Beautiful.
And at 70% off, I snatched up several.
When I brought these precious babies home, I began to recall a childhood moment.
I was about Piano Man’s age when my teacher assigned a coloring page project. I vaguely remember the assignment – sharing something about ourselves. If I recall, we had 8 crayon sets, which was the class standard. Those of us who didn’t have a 16 crayon set coveted our classmates’ sets who did because they could color their skin tone in peach. Because in those days, peach was the “industry standard” on skin tones in the crayon market.
I wasn’t really a peach colored girl, but it was the closest skin tone crayon one could find in the 80s. One classmate asked the teacher what she should do because peach didn’t really fit her skin tone. The teacher suggested that she mix crayon colors to find the best shade.
Too bad multicultural markers weren’t around back in my day. It would have given those of us born in a different shade an opportunity to color in the best shade of tan or brown that matched us.
Kuddos, Crayola, for making and selling multicultural markers for kids to select the best shade of beige, tan, or brown. Our kids can best represent one another in class with more beautiful color choices of themselves and their buddies in class. Thank you, Ms. M, for asking us to find these fantastic art supplies. This is just one of the awesome reasons why I am grateful that Piano Man attends a school that loves to care for others in his school and community.
Finally, I share a beautiful Sesame Street segment from the equally beautiful Ms. Lupita Nyong’o.
From my hometown to yours,